UC Kearney

Becky Phene is a former Staff Research Associate II at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA. This operation involves 3.5 acres of peaches that were planted in 2015 with a sub-surface drip irrigation system. The number of emitters per tree ranges from four to eight, as well as a micro sprinkler every eight feet for one of the varieties specifically.

"The 2018 June Flame harvest saw a whopping 21% increase in pounds of fruit per tree, as well as a 14% increase in fruit size and the number of fruit per acre."

“We’ve been working with two varieties of peaches on three different rootstocks, which is another component of our research. Last year was the first year with young trees that we picked anything and we were hoping for 3/4 of the yield of mature trees. We got well over that amount with the help of WiseConn's system”.